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Chapter 1: Introduction.- Part 1: Understanding Social Problems and Social Justice.- Chapter 2: Making Sense of Social Problems.- Chapter 3: Making Sense of Social Justice.- Part 2: Analysing Social Problems and Social Justice.- Chapter 4: Poverty, Deprivation and Debt.- Chapter 5: Unemployment.- Chapter 6: Housing Problems and Homelessness.- Chapter 7: Crime and Anti-social Behaviour.- Chapter 8: Abuse.- Chapter 9: Mental Health Problems.- Chapter 10: Problematic drug use.- Chapter 11: Terrorism.- Chapter 12: Destruction of Habitat.- Part 3: Addressing Social Problems and Social Justice.- Chapter 13: Efforts to Date.- Chapter 14: Future Avenues.

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'Neil Thompson's excellent book emphatically convinces the reader that social problems are not normal features of society but are the result of hierarchy, inequality, and oppression in those societies. Its thematic approach, which addresses very current issues, will appeal to students from a wide range of disciplines, including social policy, criminology, poverty studies, housing studies, substance abuse and equality studies. It is a major contribution to literature on social problems and social justice; he excavates the meaning of social justice and social problems, offering important insights into very important concepts and the relationships between them.' - Professor Patricia Kennedy, Associate Professor of Social Policy, University of Wollongong, Australia 'A brilliant book beautifully written in an extremely accessible style and underpinned by a delicate blend of critical analysis and clear thoughtful discussion. An impressive range of problems are explored from mainstream child abuse to the threat of contemporary terrorism. The result is a brave, creative, level-headed but thought-provoking account, well supported by a number of key sociological texts. A must read for social science students, welfare practitioners and educators.' - Dr Paul Stepney, University of Tampere, Finland

About the Author

Professor Neil Thompson is a highly respected writer and developer of online learning resources, with over 39 years' experience in the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities and is currently visiting professor at Wrexham Glyndwr University in Wales where he is involved in running the MSc Advanced Practice in the Human Services online programme. He also runs the Avenue Professional Development Programme, an online learning community and tutorial group for people professionals. Connect with Neil online at

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